TV presenter to give inspirational talk

Ken Hames served in the British Forces for 25 years and also presented the BBC Two documentary series Beyond Boundaries, where he led expeditions across Nicaragua, Africa and Ecuador.

He will present an Inspirational Leadership seminar at Wolverhampton Science Park on Tuesday, 29 September 2009, at 5pm.

The event, aimed at Black Country head teachers, school governors and members of school senior management teams, is organised by LEAD (Leadership and Development) at the University in partnership with National College for Leadership of School and Children’s Services.

Professor Sir Geoff Hampton, Chief Advisor for the Black Country Challenge, said: “The University is delighted to work in partnership with the National College for Leadership of School and Children’s Services and looks forward to welcoming Ken Hames back from a recent visit to Afghanistan. He will be sharing with us the inspirational answers to the challenges of leadership around the globe.”

Ken Hames is one of the elite British Officers to have been in the parachute parade, the Royal Marines and the Special Air Service. His military experiences have taken him world wide and he was one of the last British soldiers to guard Rudolph Hesse in the infamous stronghold of Spandau in Berlin.

He was present when the Berlin Wall was finally broken down as one of the last British Officers to work behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. Ken completed no less than eight tours of Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles. He was also at the liberation of Port Stanley in the Falklands and served in the SAS in the first Gulf War after commanding Britain’s anti-terrorist team for one year.

Ken now works as a motivational speaker, providing a fascinating insight into pressure, change, survival, teamwork and winning against the odd bringing strong evidence of best practice in difficult and demanding circumstances.

For more information, e-mail lina.jarvis@wlv.ac.uk  or call Lina Jarvis on 01902 518964.

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